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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

77188659In February, millions will travel to Sochi, Russia to witness athletes from all around the world compete to be the best of the best. If you plan to attend the games, AFC Urgent Care Saugus want to give you some advice before traveling.

The State Department issued a warning for those traveling. The warning touches upon the health system of Sochi and advises that the current system may not be able to handle the volume. We want to make sure you are prepared and avoid the emergency room in Sochi.

For all international travel, it is recommended to consult a doctor before your trip. The doctor can make sure you are vaccinated against any illnesses that other countries may have that we do not. The CDC reccomends most people traveling to Russia receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Always pack all medicines you may need along with toiletries. Make sure to dress warmly. While the temperature in Sochi in February averages around 50F, temperatures can drop below freezing at night. Many of the events occur outside or in freezing environments, so make sure to dress warm when attending these events as you will be in the cold for a prolonged time.

Check with your insurance company regarding international coverage. You may need supplemental insurance if they do not over you.

As with most sporting events, use caution in large crowd. After a win or a loss, fan can become unruly. Also use care when crossing roads. Russian drivers don’t often yield to pedestrians

The State Department alert mentioned earlier also recommends extra precaution for LGBT travelers. Violence against the community in Russia is abnormally high and there is a recent anti-gay propaganda law enacted which has caused more violence.

Before you cheer on Team USA, Visit AFC Urgent Care Saugus. Our doctors can review your travel plans and make sure you are fully prepared and offer tips. Visit us today at 371 Broadway Route 1 South in Saugus MA or call 781-233-1000.